With wintry rain gusting over the Mart on Saturday morning, it was not an auspicious start to Day Two. Prices were down in general on the Gelding prices of Day One and lots of good mares left the ring unsold with offers ranging from uner €1000 to €2600.
In fact I have to confess that some of my photos are of these unsold mares and their bid prices only. If you know please let me know.
On the basis that you may be interested in seeing what was on offer, I have included these photos. Not everyone was unhappy about their unsold mare returning home. One little boy from faraway Co.Tyrone – whose parents the McLarens, who currently run 15 Connemaras at home – was actually quite happy to be returning home with his Lot 400, a pretty dappled grey mare Crossowen Cailin (Spinway Comet), which is in foal to Glencarrig Knight when highest bid was only €800. But Robert McClaren, aged 8, happily announced “I am delighted this pony is coming home”.
Lot 726 A quality filly foal which did sell was by Carra Cashel – Cleggan Abbey. Her bloodlines include Abbeyleix Owen, Cloonisle Cashel and Killyreagh Kim and her buyers certainly took home a bargain at €360.
Lot 403 , a Class 1 4yr old mare Glenvar Misty by Ganty Blazer – Glenvar Kate, went for €600 in the ring and is bound for France with her new owner Eloise Chapel, her 7th purchase at the Sales. Eloise sources suitable Connemaras for French children which she will break and school for riding back home.
Pictured here – bringing a splash of colour to the mart are the Dallay family from Bordeaux on the lookout for a pony. Did they or did they not find one ?
A bid of €2,600 in the ring did not secure a sale for Lot 404 a dun yearling filly, Golden Ginny owned by Caroline Lydon. The yearling is by Coral Bambi and her bloodlines include Callowfeenish Buachaill, Coosheen Finn and The Fugitive.
A €1500 bid was turned down for Lot 405, a 3yr old Class 1 bay mare Dancing Maggie 2nd (Lettermuckoo Lad) whose dam Dancing Maggie, a dun, is a show-ring prizewinner.
Lot 516 A Class 1. 4yr old top prizewinning mare Cillbhríd Jenny by Currachmore Cashel out of an Abbeyleix Owen dam. This mare is in foal to Fairyhill Tomboy, yet failed to reach a bid over € 1300 in the ring. Her owner is Waterford’s Richard Power.
Lot 398. Galway’s Bertie O’Halloran (remember Young Walt! he won all around him in performance in 2010) is downsizing also but did not accept an offer of € 1200 for a former Clifden prizewinning mare. This is the 7 year old Rathcoona Ruby (Moy Hazy Cove-Rathcoona Mist) and she is currently in foal to Young Walt.
Lot 402 A 4yr old mare Glenvar Heather (Linsfort Barney – Glenvar Snowy) remained unsold after a final bid of €1000.
The vendor of Lot 399, Cru Lady, (Castle Squire – Atlantic Queen of Joy) a four yr old in foal to Monaghanstown Prince, turned down a bid of €1000. The owners of these mares would of course have spent more than €1000 to bring their mares to this stage, with covering fees of €150 and over. Paying vets and registration fees as well as farrier, keep, feeding, and
mart fees actually make the breeding unviable in this continuing recession. That said most breeders love the ponies and are not in there only for the money. Lot 506 also remained unsold at €200 bid. This good yearling filly is Robe Fairy Lass (Knockillaree Tomas-Robe Dawn Mist).Her sire has a good performance record and won the RDS stallion class a few years ago.
Lot 445 Gerry Mahon of Midland Connemara ponies had Sean Cooney’s yearling Lough Mor Mandy (Currachmore Cashel-Corrib Misty) for sale at the mart. With her good breeding (All- Ireland Champion sire and her own record of wins as a foal), he was hoping to get a reasonable price.
Lot 364 Precious Star, 8yrs.old (Monaghanstown Pat-Callowfeenish Star) is a good type of mare and has produced a Class 1 stallion son. Her breeding traces back to Abbeyleix Fionn, Cashel Kate and Ashfield Festy and she is currently in foal to Eastlands Ashiebrae. Vendor Tony Hope from England settled in Carna eight years ago where he keeps a few Connemara mares and he was not over-pleased with the €750 offered for her in the ring so she remained unsold.
Lot 578 Jerimiah Donovan from East Cork is no stranger to the Clifden mart as he has always bought and sold there. He had driven up with the 3yrl old Coom Lassie (Dun Manus-Cumarford Coom Crystal) who carries the blood of Carna Bobby and Abbeyleix Owen. Her price is as yet unknown to Niamh’s Weblog.
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